Flat Roof Replacement Options

When it comes time to replace your flat roof, the first thing you should know is what kind of roof you already have. Analyze the pros and cons of the material you’ve used for the past several years to decide whether you want to continue with the same material. You may realize you need to switch to a more modern, cost-effective roof.

Here are some options on the market for flat roofs:

1. Built-Up Roof (BUR)
Otherwise known as “tar and gravel” roofs, BUR systems are made up of layers of waterproof material alternated with hot tar. The types of materials used are expanding from tar paper, to more modern, advanced materials like fiberglass, mineral, hot asphalt, and aluminum or elastomeric coatings. BUR is a good option for its price, practicality, and attractiveness.

2. Single Ply Membranes
Single Ply Membranes are a mineral-based wear surface which is typically applied by rolling the material onto the roof and then heated with a blowtorch. Newer, safer methods, however, allow for the material to be peeled off and stuck to the roof surface. This roofing option is popular for its environmentally friendly qualities but is not very scuff or tear resistant. Not ideal for high winds.

3. Rubber Membrane
Because it is pure rubber, this material is a highly durable roofing option and is engineered to resist damage from sunlight, making it a good option for those who live in hot, sunny climates. It is relatively easy to install and repair, and the material resists scuffs. The drawback is that a heat resistant material such as this is a good deal more expensive than other choices.

4. PVC
This option is easy to install and very durable, making it one of the top picks among flat roofs. It is resistant to water ponding, which is the cause of a lot of leaks and damage. It also helps reduce energy consumption with its reflective sun properties. One drawback is that it is applied in rolls, and so the seams must be taped or glued together. This can lead to leaks and may not last as long as other options.

Take into account the climate you live in, and your own personal preferences, when it comes deciding on your roof. Environmentally friendly and heat resistant materials are important when it comes to selecting your new roofing material.

Whether you are looking to replace your entire roof, add a new coating, or just repair it, Atlas Home Repair has the option for you. As certified applicators, Atlas Home Repair roofers are trained in the latest roofing techniques.Call us today to set up an appointment at 575-522-0697 or request a free consultation here.